Coming off his win at the season’s first major (Regions Tradition), Stricker shot rounds of 64-69 over the weekend to reach 18 under, forcing extra holes with Padraig Harrington (NEW Pro V1). The 2021 U.S. Ryder Cup Captain made five birdies on Sunday and carded a par on No. 18 in the playoff to clinch the trophy, his 14th career Champions Tour win.
The victory was third of the 2023 season for Stricker, who also won the Mitsubishi Electric Championship at Hualalai.
Pajaree Anannarukarn (Pro V1) earned her second career LPGA title with a 3-and-1 victory in the championship match. Anannarukarn won six matches for the week at Shadow Lake and made 12 birdies on Sunday between her semi-final and final match, including a birdie 2 on the par-3 17th to close out the tournament.
– “I’ve tried (other) balls compared to Pro V1, but I always go back to Pro V, just because of the consistency and the ball flight, and especially the softness… I always liked the feel and the consistency of the golf ball.”
Adam Schenk (Pro V1) earned his second runner-up finish in his last seven starts, playing his final three holes of regulation 1 under to force the playoff. The performance moved Schenk to No. 29 and the FedEx Cup points standings and to 60th in the Official World Golf Ranking.
The world’s 13th-ranked player added a Vokey Design WedgeWorks 60T lob wedge to his setup this week, making the switch from a competitive model. Looking to defend his 2022 Charles Schwab Challenge title, he gained over six strokes on the field around the greens (+6.088), ranking third best in the field, and got up-and-down 74% of the time (T6) – including eight of 10 attempts from the sand (T2). He finished the week tied for 6th at 5 under, three strokes out of a playoff.
The Vokey 60T lob wedge was also the choice of the AT&T Byron Nelson champion, and is in the bags of many of the world’s best including the OWGR No. 1, No. 4, and No. 5 as well as the No. 1 player in the women’s Rolex world ranking.
Dongmin Kim (NEW Pro V1) earned his first career KPGA title on Sunday, posting a final round 5-under 67 to win by two shots. Kim’s final roundwas punctuated with an eagle on the 72nd hole that provided a two-shot margin of victory.
Playing NEW Pro V1x, Titleist Brand Ambassador Louis Albertse carded a 4-under 68 on Sunday to cap off a four-shot win. The only player to shoot all four rounds in the 60’s (66-64-67-68), Albertse posted 23 under for the week to earn his second career Sunshine Tour title.
Titleist Brand Ambassador Enhua Liu shot shot matching 65’s over the weekend at Hangzhou West Lake International Golf Club to reach 16 under and win by one shot. Liu’s 14-under weekend helped erase a four-shot deficit to start Sunday’s final round, giving him his first China Tour title since turning professional.
Of the five team members, three played a NEW Pro V1 golf ball while one played a NEW Pro V1x. Titleist golf clubs were also in the bags of the winners, including two sets of Titleist irons and three Scotty Cameron putters.
The winners of the U.S. Amateur Four-Ball Championship played a NEW Titleist Pro V1 and a NEW Titleist Pro V1x golf ball on their way to a 2-and-1 victory in the all-Titleist golf ball championship match. The duo made six birdies – including a two on No. 16 and a three on No. 17 – to clinch the victory. The winning team was 42 under for the week at Kiawah Island Club, while the runners-up (NEW Pro V1 & NEW Pro V1x) were 40 under for the 116 holes they played over the course of the event.